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Go supports hazard pay for gov’t employees who work during community quarantine

March 22, 2020 - Sunday 6:03 PM by Ruth Palo

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Senator Christopher Lawrence Go expressed his support for the granting of hazard pay to government personnel who physically report for work during the period of community quarantine.

“The government workers who still go to work during this time put their lives at risk, so they deserve proper compensation. The service that they are giving to the Filipino people is priceless. Granting them hazard pay is the least that we can do for them,” Go said in a statement.

This as Budget and Management Secretary Wendel Avisado requested President Rodrigo Duterte to issue an Administrative Order authorizing national government agencies, including state universities and colleges and government-owned and -controlled corporations, to grant the hazard pay not exceeding P500 per day.

Qualified for the hazard pay are those who occupy regular, contractual, or casual positions and contract of service and job order workers in the National Capital Region and other local government units.

Go said he also reached out to the President regarding the matter, adding he believes the latter will grant the request since the welfare of those in the frontline is important to him.

Go explained that personnel entitled to this must have been “authorized to physically report for work at their respective offices on the prescribed official working hours by the head of the agency or office.”

According to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM,) personnel who are already entitled to Hazard Pay, Hazardous Duty Pay, Hazard Allowance or other similar benefits under existing laws, issuances, rules, and regulations such as public health workers, public social workers, science and technology personnel, and military and uniformed personnel shall continue to be entitled to such benefits or the COVID-19 Hazard Pay, whichever is higher.

For NGAs, including SUCs, the hazard pay may be charged against their own funds without need for prior authority from the DBM. For GOCCs, the amount required may be charged against their budget and, in case they do not have sufficient funds, they may grant a lower but uniform rate for all qualified personnel.

Hazard pay may be granted to employees in the Senate, House of Representatives, the Judiciary, Office of the Ombudsman, and constitutional offices vested with fiscal autonomy.

Employees in local government units and local water districts may also be entitled to the hazard pay, but it may be at a lower but uniform rate in case of insufficient funds.

“Hindi natin mapipilit kung hindi kaya ng pondo na makaabot ng P500 ang hazard pay. Pero sana magawan ng paraan at maibigay sa lalong madaling panahon,” Go said.

“Sa mga panahong ito kung saan andyan ang banta sa kalusugan at buhay ng ating mga mamamayan, pinili ng mga kawani ng pamahalaan na magsilbi sa bayan. Imbes na uunahin nila ang kapakanan ng kanilang pamilya, ninais nilang patuloy na magtrabaho sa kani-kanilang mga opisina upang hindi maputol ang mga serbisyo ng pamahalaan para sa lahat. Nararapat lamang na kilalanin at bigyan ng pagpapahalaga ang mga sakripisyong ito,” he added.
 

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